Bottom Line: Inexpensive product received excellent scores in our performance tests, although its scan speed was sluggish.
Bottom Line: Relatively good heuristics help VirusScan provide solid protection. Phone support costs $3 per minute.
Bottom Line: Program had the fastest response to new malware outbreaks. Interface is clean but not exceptional.
Bottom Line: Solid performer responded quickly in tests and provides best breaking news on malware outbreaks.
Bottom Line: Veteren utility offers solid threat detection and a nice interface. Phone support costs $30 per incident.
Bottom Line: This former Best Buy performed well, but not exceptionally, in our newest nonspyware tests.
Bottom Line: AntiVir performed the best of the free programs, although it failed to clean several old macro viruses.
Bottom Line: Free product has a slick media-player-style interface that hides some features. Scan speed was slow in tests.
Bottom Line: Former Best Buy performed poorly in heuristics and zoo tests but has the best interface of the bunch.
Bottom Line: Free program has subpar heuristics and one of the clunkier interfaces among the products we tested.